Folks behind our Special Needs Blog thank Amy Lawson for her excellent guest post on parenting. Her post, Keeping Kids Fit: A Family Plan for Raising Healthy, Active Children, explains very well how moms impact the well being of their child even during pregnancy.Continue Reading...
Who Is Behind KidCompanions Chewelry and What Is Her Story?
Pierrette and Lorna d’Entremont, daughter and mother, are co-owners of SentioLife Solutions, the makers of the sensory tool line “KidCompanions Chewelry“. The original KidCompanions chew necklace was invented by Pierrette in 2007. Our sensory oral-motor tool is still made in Canada and sourced in Canada and the United states. Our sensory chew necklace is a SAFE chewy/fidget that brings parents peace of mind and the user comfort, calming, and satisfying of sensory and fidgeting needs.
The following are questions you may have about KidCompanions Chewelry and how it came about.Continue Reading...
Listen to “Create Communication Breakthroughs” from Tali Berman & Sign-up for “ICAN!” Jumpstart
Hello parents and professionals,
My colleague, Tali Berman, is an autism specialist and author of, Play to Grow! Over 200 Games Designed to Help Your Special Child Develop Fundamental Social Skills. Tali had the amazing experience of launching her FREE training “Create Communication Breakthroughs” to over 500 people from 30 different countries on Thursday, June 20th.
In case you did not sign up, she did not want you to miss out.
You can download the recording and your accompanying Action Guide right here, FREE:
On this call she also opened doors to her “ICAN!” Jumpstart 4 week- virtual program, beginning Tuesday, July 2nd.Continue Reading...
Gentle Reminder: FREE Communication Training – TODAY – June 20th 2013 with Tali Berman!
It’s Lorna here with a gentle reminder that the FREE live Communication Training,
“Create Communication Breakthroughs: Learn 3 critical strategies so your child can understand and be understood – without the tantrums and frustration”
with Tali Berman (Autism specialist/author and leader of ‘The Autism Empowerment Telesummit”) is today- Thursday, June 20th, 11am PST/2 pm EST. **Click here to find out what time this is in YOUR time zone.***She’s going to walk you through her step-by-step system and show you how to:
Hope For Evangelina a Child with Special Needs
Are you parenting a child with special needs? We often get emails from families struggling emotionally and financially because of chronically sick children. Often these messages are emotional. Nothing can be worst for parents than caring for a very sick child.
My post today is about such a family. As a Canadian, I am usually stunned at the financial hardship that my neighbours to the south endure. This story is no exception.
Hope For Evangelina a Child with Special Needs was written by Mom Amanda, using a MOBILE PHONE. Complete with vivid images, her message brought up the memory of my own 30 wk premie. Their financial and family issues are unlike ours, but the helplessness of having to watch your child struggle, is shared. Many of you will also empathize, Evangelina pulls at the HeartStrings…Continue Reading...
KidCompanions Chewelry: Qu’est-ce que c’est? Qui en a besoin?
Vous voulez en savoir plus, mais en français, à propos de notre KidCompanions Chewelry? Pierrette et Lorna peuvent vous servir en français aussi. Vous pouvez nous écrire ou nous parler au téléphone en français. Pierrette a fait ses études à l’Université d’Ottawa et vécu dans cette belle région de notre pays pour quelques années. Lorna a enseigné en français pour la commission scolaire CSAP. Alors, KidCompanions Chewelry: Qu’est-ce que c’est? Qui en a besoin? KidCompanions Chewelry est un accessoire mâchouillable pour les enfants, adolescents et adultes qui s’autorégulent en mâchant ou comme jouet antiagitation. En anglais on parle de “chewy” ou ” hand fidget”.Continue Reading...
Why Have an IEP? – Tips for Parents on Their IEP Role
Are you parenting a child with special needs? Has your child been evaluated and is eligible for special education? Most likely he will receive individualized support through his IEP? What is an IEP? The IEP, Individualized Education Program, is a written document that’s developed for each public school child who is eligible for special education.
This post will focus on the following:
◘TIPS for Parents on Their IEP Role
◘Who Develops the IEP?
◘Why Have An IEP?
◘What is the Role of the Parents on the IEP Team?
◘Who Makes Up the IEP Team?
Parenting Children with Special Needs: Feelings of Isolation, Grief, Guilt and Fear
Kristina Smith Blizzard, mom of a child with special needs, registered nurse, and advocate was my guest for one of The Coffee Klatch Tweetchat. She is a wonderful person to give you advice on parenting children with special needs. We had an excellent session with lots of participation! The tips and comments that make up this post come from the many tweets from Kristina and all those who joined us. I have added links and other information to help parents of children with special needs overcome the feelings of isolation, grief, guilt, and fear that so many parents feel.Continue Reading...
Magazine on Sensory Processing by Sensory World: Sensory Focus Magazine
Parents and teachers often ask us where they can find reliable information that is helpful in their journey raising or teaching children with Sensory Processing / Sensory Integration challenges. They ask us if there are books on sensory processing disorder or if we have found helpful blogs, or do we know of support groups or conferences on the topic of sensory processing disorder (SPD). Today we want to tell you about Sensory Focus Magazine – Understanding the Issue Behind the Behavior by Sensory World, a division of Future Horizons, Inc.Continue Reading...
Siblings of Children with Autism or Special Needs
On one of the Coffee Klatch Tweetchats I moderated, my guests were Bobbi Sheahan and Dr. Kathy DeOrnellas, authors of What I Wish I’d Known About Raising a Child with Autism. Our topic was: Siblings of Children with Autism or Special Needs and what a lively discussion we had! Let me share our tweets with you. Remember the Twitter restriction of 140 characters. Twitter might not make it eloquent English but the ideas and advice are first rate. Let me tell you a bit about these remarkable ladies.Continue Reading...
Spring Break Activities For Kids Without Breaking the Bank
Teachers and kids are looking forward to it but many parents hate when it rolls around…Yes, it’s Spring Break time again. How can families remove some of the STRESS of Spring Breaks? Many working parents must take time off to care for their children and they want this free week from school and work to be a happy, family event. How to plan Spring Break activities for kids without breaking the bank? Should you be looking for educational, scheduled, paid for activities or just enjoy free from routine, spur of the moment, fun things to do?Continue Reading...
Are We Over-Scheduling Kids? Is It All Work and No Play?
Over-Scheduling kids may cause stress. Are you over-scheduling your children? Is it all work and no play in your home? Free play vs scheduled activities for children: is there a happy medium? Listen to the wishes of any of your adult friends. What do you hear most often? How they are too busy or too overwhelmed or how life is too hectic and how they are looking forward to a vacation or long weekend to relax and recharge their batteries. Now listen to your kids, tweens or teens. Listen to your special needs child. Do they feel the same way?Continue Reading...